At BCWS, we take pride in stepping lightly on the land. Our dwellings are close to one another, tucked in a forested area along the stream. One can walk 5 minutes away and be immersed in the serenity of the natural world.
The spacious main lodge is a simple pole barn structure that includes:
- An all-purpose gathering room with an open-hearth fireplace
- Kitchen and dining area
- Field study and work areas
- Library area
BCWS is situated in Cooper’s Cove Wildlife Sanctuary, an open valley that extends into classic West Virginia hills and hollows. Formerly a farm, the land comprises hundreds of acres of forest and meadows that now shelter a wide diversity of plant and animal life.
Unusual ferns and mushrooms are interspersed among an abundance of wildflowers. Campers regularly encounter owls, thrushes, and warblers. Deer are a common sight; the calls of foxes and flying squirrels are common sounds.
The spring-fed stream and pond support a rich aquatic ecosystem, including macroinvertebrates, salamanders, and turtles – as well as providing good swimming. The dark night sky is speckled with stars.
Campers live in two staff-supervised sleeping porches, where screens invite in fresh air and the night sounds.
A timber frame barn provides additional gathering and workspace large enough to hold the entire camp.
The canopy walkway is 10 minutes walk from the lodge.